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The Guggenheim Museum

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao only opened in 1997, but it has since become one of the most revered and celebrated buildings in the world. The museum’s collection focuses primarily on 20th-century American and European art. Just like the popular saying, it's not just the outside that counts - but it's pretty important for this museum. Architect Frank Gehry designed the building with the vision of ''letting the randomness of the curves catch the light". After the opening of the museum, the building was said to be one of the masterpieces of the 20th century.
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Museum of Fine Arts

The Museo de Bellas Artes has an exceptional collection of traditional works by well-known masters such as El Greco, Goya, Gauguin, Francis Bacon, Picasso and Velazquez. The era of the collection begins in the Middle Ages all down to the contemporary art of today. The museum has been around since 1908 and started as one of the first Fine Art museums. The popularity of the museum caused the extension of the building with another part in which the rest of the art could be displayed.
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Bilbao Maritime Museum

The Ría de Bilbao Maritime Museum is a place to uncover Bilbao’s past as a shipbuilding and seafaring hub. Outside there are striking floating exhibits with special exhibitions. The exhibitions are structured around three main themes: physical environment of the estuary, the evolution of trade in Bilbao, and the development of shipbuilding in the Bilbao estuary. One of the most striking features are the many mini-ships made entirely out of wood, with incredible attention to detail.
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Arriaga Theatre

The original theatre, created by Joaquin Rucoba (also known as the Spanish Mozart), burned down in 1914 and a second one was built, resembling the Opera House in Paris. Today, it remains the major cultural venue of Bilbao. Beautifully located on the banks of the Nervión, the theatre is host to world-class opera, classical music concerts and ballet. Besides shows, you can also take a guided tour behind the scenes and see the opera costume collection and the stunning stalls.
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Day Trip to San Sebastian

This town is set between two hills around the beautiful La Concha Bay. San Sebastian makes for an unforgettable day trip, where you can take in the glorious Belle Epoque balustrades and visit its world famous restaurants. There are four areas that you definitely must visit. The first one is Parte Vieja, old town, here you can find the popular pintxo bars and eat your heart out. South of Parte Vieja is the place to be for the shopaholic, the commercial shopping centre. On the East you can be welcomed by the beach. The final one, Playa de Ondarreta is the 'posh' neighbourhood of San Sebastian.
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Doña Casilda Park

Doña Casilda Park is situated at Paseo Don Jose Anselmo Clave, next to Museo de Bellas Artes. The park was built in 1907 by an architect called Ricardo Bastida. When you stroll around at this park, you will see a dancing water fountain, basketball pitches and a pavilion for live performances. If the directions are not clear, you can ask a local where the 'Parque de los Patos', or the duck park, is. Why, you might ask? In the centre of the park you can find a huge duck pond known for the variety of waterfowl.
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City Sightseeing By Bike

Explore the city by bike either by yourselves or as part of a guided bike tour. This is a different way to get to know Bilbao and to learn more about its culture. One of the more popular bike tours is the tour provided by the international Baja Bikes. The bike tour will provide you with a local English speaking guide and take you to all the highlights of Bilbao, such as the Guggenheim museum. It even includes a variety of pintxo's and a drink, a nice way to refresh after cycling your way through the city.
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Zubizuri

The white structure of the impressive pedestrian bridge over Nervion River can be seen from far away on a sunny summer’s day in Bilbao. It's extra special since the bridge is designed to look like a sailboat, ten metres above the river. Zubizuri connects Campo Volantín Boulevard with Uribitarte, and from the bridge you have a stunning view of the Guggenheim Museum. There used to be a glass floor, but after complaints the city decided to place a non-slip mat. So even when it's a rainy day, you can walk there safely.
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